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One Month Membership to Mathnasium Learning Center:  

Value is $548 and the current bid is only $125!  

  • The Mathnasium Method uses a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile, and written techniques to help children learn math.
  • Mathnasiums mission is to offer a lasting solution to kids’ math problems.
  • Offer includes lifetime registration and a math assessment to customize your child’s learning plan ($200 value) and unlimited attendance for up to one hour each visit ($348)
getthumb.phpVeterinarian in Training:
Here’s an opportunity for one lucky child to explore the world of veterinary medicine and spend an afternoon with a Vet! Dr. Elena Vassilev, owner of the B Street Veterinary Hospital in Golden Hill and OTA Kindergarten parent, has offered to have your little animal lover shadow her as she cares for her patients.   


Custom Cell phone cases and other accessories ($200 value):  Take whatever you’re into, from the NFL to Hello Kitty, the MLB to Harley-Davidson or your own photos and create a custom skin for your phone or iPhone.

Paella Party for 30! ($1000 value, current bid $575): Carlos Delgado and Jesus Soriano, your personal chefs and entertainers, will come to your home and prepare an authentic fresh Spanish paella on-site.

There are over 80 amazing items available for bidding including Teacher Experiences, Overnight Trips, Date Nights, Kid’s Classes and more!

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Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 1.54.50 PMCLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION!

  • There are over 80 amazing items available for bidding including teacher experiences, trips,date nights, kids classes and more!
  • The new website is easy to use.  Please SHARE the link with your friends and family! We want to get the word out!
  • People who register prior to Friday, April 18th at midnight will be entered in a drawing.




Sample the best wines from 17 World-Class Wineries • Try the best food from 16 fabulous Local Restaurants • Sip the brew of 2 San Diego Craft Breweries

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Q4 After-School Schedule

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We have noticed that many Kindergarten and First Grade students are struggling to stay focused in the more intensive, skills-based OTA Enrich classes; so those courses will no longer be offered to students in Kindergarten and First Grade unless:
  • The AfterSchool Coaches make a general exception (e.g., Mandarin and Spanish still welcome students in K-8 4th Quarter)
  • Parents agree to accompany their Kindergartner or First Grader to class.
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If students plan to enroll in OpenMinds Enrich, please contact OpenMinds ASAP:
  • register online at
  • email
  • or call 619-665-1264

*There are no students signed up as of right now, so we will have to postpone the start date.

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Reminder: No soccer for grades K-3 this Quarter.

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Visit the OTA Amazon Bookstore! Core Knowledge Books • Browse by Grade • Recommended Reading List

  • Visit the OTA Amazon Bookstore to buy Core Knowledge® books for your child or your child’s classroom. Each purchase earns OTA a small donation.

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OTA’s Core Knowledge curriculum is a very ambitious K-8 learning sequence based on research findings that show that children need knowledge (vocabulary: ideas, facts, phrases, idioms) in order to develop real skill. Two ways to learn more about OTA’s Core Knowledge Humanities Curriculum:

The new Common Core standards (which the Core Knowledge sequence already encompasses) have set a goal of 70% non-fiction and 30% fiction for students. This OTA Amazon Bookstore List will help you find vocabulary-rich books to read at home or to donate to your child’s classroom library.

OTA Bookstore Browse by Grade

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2014-2015 Lottery Will Be Held Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00

Acceptance notices will go out by Thursday, May 1st. The Lottery is open to parents of prospective students and you are welcome to join us in Old Town Academy’s downstairs lunchroom–but attendance is not necessary. Everyone who submitted an application by the March 14th deadline has been entered into the lottery. Families will be notified by email if their child draws a number that gives them a place in a 2014-2015 class and if not will receive their wait list number.

Parents: When making plans for next year, please keep in mind that we have over 300 new applications for this year’s lottery (e.g., 108 applied for kindergarten; 43 applied for sixth grade; etc.) and fewer than 30 spots open for 2014-2015, all currently in the kindergarten class.

Thank you for your interest in Old Town Academy!

New “Open Minds” After School Program for Students in Grades K-2 • M-F, 3:20-5:00

** Soccer will NOT be offered for students in Grades K-3 4th Quarter **
OpenMinds can be an alternative for students in grades K-2.
Open Minds will join the Enrich! OTA After School program for grades K-2:
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Starting April 15th
 a new after school program will be offered for students grades in Kindergarten, First, & Second Grade: Open Minds at OTA Enrich.
  • The class will be offered Monday through Friday from 3:20-5:00
  • 5be7ab35d6db4962895507fe51c901a9 Parents will have the option to sign up for any number of days per week, but must register in advance for the entire session.
  • Please click for more information and to Sign Up

Please Join Us for the 2014 OTA Wine and Dine

OTA Spring Gala 2014

Free Dress Day for the any class to reach 100 percent participation (one ticket or volunteer from each family)

  • The Wine & Dine is a very enjoyable evening where 15 fabulous local restaurants and 21 world-class wineries and breweries invite you to sample their best.
  • As of April 9: 84 90! out of 160 OTA Families have purchased tickets so far–Thank You!
  • Our goal is 100% participation (Ticket Purchase or Volunteer).
  • State Funds do not cover the cost of educating your child at OTA. Our Jog-a-Thon & Wine & Dine Fundraising help us make up the difference. Other charters ask for $800 per family. If the $100 Spring Gala tickets aren’t in your budget you can still attend by volunteering but please participate.
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Click here to buy tickets for the Spring Fundraiser to support your school! 
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Spring Gala 7th Grade Art Project Underway: Thank You OTA Art Wizards Steve and Sonja • Thank You Spectrum Glass for the Tile Donations

The 7th Grade students starting on their fused glass panel à la Marc Chagall.

  • Thank you OTA Parent-Volunteers: Ilana Shupper, Alex Carter, Samantha Olenick, Kathy Keith, Johnny Pauwe, Cathy Coleman. 
  • Please join us for the 2014 OTA Wine & Dine!

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Please Join us April 26 at the 2014 OTA Wine and Dine

OTA Spring Gala 2014
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Old Town Academy is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to excellence in public education. Our school is tuition-free. We rely on a combination of public funds and private donations to support our small-school campus (OTA receives no public funds for facilities), our wonderful teaching staff, and ambitious programs in Music, Math, Science, Programming/Robotics, and more.
Your support helps OTA continue to fulfill its mission— Equity and Excellence for All Students by providing a free, first-rate education open to all San Diego students.
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OTA Spring Gala Art Projects Are Underway • Thank You to the Lurie Family for 2nd Grade Project Help!

We can’t wait to see 2014′s Student Art Projects. But while we wait…
Here are 2013′s Student Spring Fundraiser Art Projects (Slideshow)
Here are 2012′s Student Spring Fundraiser Art Projects (Slideshow)

Thank You to Norm and Lynne Lurie for coming in last Friday and working with the kids on the Gala project: Botanical Impressions in clay tiles that will be set in a table- the kids really loved working with the clay, and OTA benefited from the Lurie’s experience with ceramics!Image 6

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Featured Auction Items

One Year Family Membership at the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club:  

Value is $4,660 and the current bid is only $900!  

  • Enjoy a 1-year family tennis membership that includes all the amenities, 1 year’s dues and the initiation fee.
  • The San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club is a multi-purpose facility located in an impressive Mediterranean surrounding of ten sprawling and manicured acres.
  • More than just tennis, SDRTC offers a ton of amazing amenities such as a 25-meter swimming pool, racquetball, handball, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, jogging, weight training, bridge, massage and social events.
  • San Diego Racquet and Tennis Club is located off the I-5 freeway at 4848 Tecolote Rd.
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Spend a fun-filled evening at the Fashion Valley Mall with OTA’s seventh grade teacher, Ms. Curry.  
getthumb-1Kiteboarding lessonsGet 2 hours of private instruction for two individuals (min. age 12 years) wishing to learn the thrills and joys of kiteboarding at their preferred pace and proven skill level. 

There are over 80 amazing items available for bidding including Teacher Experiences, Overnight Trips, Date Nights, Kid’s Classes and more!

  • The new website is easy to use. Please SHARE w/ friends and family! We want to get the word out!
  • Register prior to Friday, April 18th at midnight and you will be entered into a drawing.

Purchase Wine & Dine Tickets 

Point Loma Track Meet-Registration due Friday, April 18th! + Track Olympian visiting OTA

Monday, April 21st, 2 time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Monique Henderson is coming to OTA!

* Monique will be meeting with students who have signed up for the Point Loma Meet to share some running techniques.  She competed in the 4×400 relay at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.  Click to read more!

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Throughout the month of April each grade is training for a track meet during Outdoor Ed.  Whether or not students choose to participate in the meet, they will be learning about different track and field events.

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